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Heart monitoring may detect infections in newborns

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7278.70/b (Published 13 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:70
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    A new electronic monitoring system may enable earlier detection of severe infection in newborn infants. Infection may be detectable up to 24 hours earlier than if visible symptoms are relied on. The procedure, developed by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, requires no contact with the infant other than skin patches that monitor heart rate.

    The monitoring technique, described in January's edition of the journal Pediatrics uses a new kind of mathematical analysis and computer software devised by …

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